Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Fall Flowers--Cosmos

Cosmos.  Watercolor and Crayon.
10 x 13 inches.
While I wait for the leaves to turn, I've been looking at the swaths of black-eyed susans and cosmos planted in my neighborhood.  Next year, I'm putting in some cosmos.  They're whimsical and bold. Love that contrast.

I was trying for an all over pattern, but think the painting ended up too structured in the placement of the flowers.  I would say this has a weak composition.

It's cobalt and indigo blue, cadmium red orange, permanent yellow deep for paint (all daniel smith). The crayon colors are light green, white, and golden yellow.  The crayon is really just random marks over the tops so that it looks like feathery leaves.  (maybe... looks like feathery leaves!)

My kids are back in school, so hopefully I'll be posting more consistently.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Almost Fall

Almost Fall.  Watercolor.
6.5 x 9.75 inches
School started early this year, and my boys have been back at it for a week. I associate the start of school with fall, and am anxious to have some interesting colors starting to show up in the leaf canopy. Technically, it's been a wet and cool summer, and everything is still, well, green as can be. But, I'm starting to dream about fall.

Fabriano 300 lb rough paper, prussian blue, quin burnt orange, ultramarine blue, and indian yellow--all daniel smith.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Back to Lakes

Dream Lake.  Watercolor.
22 x 30 inches
I feel like I've been painting water all summer.  This is not necessarily a bad thing, but I'm ready for a new subject for a while....and as we head into fall, it's probably time to go back to paint some trees.

Here's a completely different version of the same thing.

Interesting how different two paintings can be with exactly the same palette, yes?

All are limited to three colors:  quinacridone gold, phthalo blue rs, and quinacridone red--all Daniel Smith.   All are on 300 lb Fabriano rough Watercolor Paper.